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Engineering Expo VII connects students, ideas and corporate partners

May 20, 2022 - by Kim Delker

photo: a student presents their poster for judging

On May 6, the School of Engineering hosted Engineering Expo VII, an event that showcases senior design projects to corporate partners and includes a poster competition and elevator pitch contest where winning teams win cash prizes.

The event was held in Stamm Commons and the Larrañaga Engineering Auditorium in Centennial Engineering Center.

Jamie Gomez, a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, organizes the annual event.

The following teams received cash prizes for their projects:

Poster contest

First place: “NM Capstone Challenge III SANDIA, 2021 – Operation Humpty Dumpty” (students: David Gray, Alexandra Mendez, Zane Parker, Kahveh Varyani, Laura Walker)

Second place (tie): “Sustainable Non-Phosgene Polycarbonate Production from Ethylene & CO2 in Pasadena, TX” (students: Mohammed Al Khazraji, Kristen Batt, Le Quyen Do, Cielo Gonzales, Christian Lisle, Calvin Snyder) and “Enhanced Firefighter Vision System Project” (students: Priya Bhakta, Josiah Castaneda, Qingquan Cui, Ceenu Shaji).

Pitch contest

First place: “UHERO: An Uranium-Helium Recuperated Operations Fission Battery System. Department of Nuclear Engineering” (students: Rashelle Brownlee, Camden Roberts, Caleb Shaw, Delfinio Valdez)

Second place: “Sustainable Non-Phosgene Polycarbonate Production from Ethylene & CO2 in Pasadena, TX.”

Third place: “Development of Pelvic Measurement Tool to Assist Physical Therapists in Treatment of Sacroiliac Dysfunction” (students: Karina Adam, Brandon Orum, Matthew Salcido).

Judges for the event were: Michael Schultes, Sigma Science; Jesse Herron, Tour ABQ; Niccoli Scalice, Air Force Research Lab; Mark Jelonek, The Aerospace Corporation; Kirk Anderson , Tennessee Valley Authority; Stacy Sacco, UNM Small Business Institute; Michael Austerberry, U.S. Navy; David Cochrell, Honeywell; Joseph Hilland, Honeywell; Mark Spencer, Honeywell; Kara Komula Sandia National Laboratories; Erin Vaughan, Air Force Research Lab; Michelle Simon, U.S. Space Force; Nick Morley; U.S. Air Force; Marvis Aragon Jr., American Indian Chamber of Commerce of NM; Aaron Walker, Twist Resist; Mark Johnston, Sandia National Laboratories; and Josh Kefauver, GILZ, Inc.

As members of the School of Engineering Corporate Affiliate Program, Honeywell (Platinum sponsor) and Sandia National Laboratories (Silver sponsor) provided judges for the event.